Since the beginning of the year I have been using Seventh Generation laundry detergent.  I really like using it but I am about to be out of it, so I decided to make a new batch of homemade laundry detergent.  Making homemade laundry detergent is always fun for me but it can also be a bit tedious grating and mixing everything together.  I made this new batch a little different.  

As an added bonus, I am showing you two new money saving techniques to making your own laundry detergent.  Thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee,  who had this on her blog in January, we are making our own washing soda and fabric softener crystals.  I generally spend about $3.00 for my washing soda and between $5-6 for my fabric softener crystals.  It just depends on the brand of crystals.  We are making our own today using 2 simple ingredients that you may already have in your home!  

So, Let’s get to it!

Here is what you need:

Homemade Washing Soda

  1 box or bag of baking soda.

Instructions:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a metal baking pan, pour a thick layer of baking soda.  Let baking soda bake for an hour.

Store the washing soda in an air tight container.

If you look at the back of the washing soda package.  The ingredients read: Sodium Carbonate which is baking soda!

If you look at the back of the washing soda package. The ingredients read: Sodium Carbonate which is baking soda!

Use as much or as little baking soda as you need.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.

Use as much or as little baking soda as you need. Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.

Fabric Softener Crystals

1 bag of Epsom Salt

Essential oils of choice

Instructions:  In a container add the Epsom salt.  Add essential oils of choice.

In a jar or other air tight container add Epsom salt.

In a jar or other air tight container add Epsom salt.

Use the essential oil of choice to scent the Epsom salt.  Mix content well so fragrance is evenly distributed.

Use the essential oil of choice to scent the Epsom salt. Mix content well so fragrance is evenly distributed.

Store in an air tight container. Use 1/4 cup each load.

Store in an air tight container. Use 1/4 cup each load.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

(Small batch)

1/2 bar of  Laundry Soap Bar of choice

1 cup of Borax

1 cup of washing Soda

1/2 cup of bleach alternative (optional)

Instructions:  Shred laundry soap bar by hand or in a food processor.  In an air tight container add the shredded laundry soap bar, borax, washing soda, and bleach alternative.  Shake container to mix the ingredients well.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients: Zote soap bar, bleach alternative, borax and washing soda.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients: Zote soap bar, bleach alternative, borax and washing soda.

Shredding the laundry soap bar in a food processor is quicker!

Shredding the laundry soap bar in a food processor is quicker!

Add 1 cup of borax

Add 1 cup of borax
Add 1 Cup of washing Soda.

Add 1 Cup of washing Soda.

Add all ingredients in an air tight container and mix well.  Use 1/2 cup per load.

Add all ingredients in an air tight container and mix well. Use 1/2 cup per load.

 

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Make it Homemade! Angela

5 thoughts on “Make Your Own Laundry Essentials 4: Washing Soda and Fabric Softener Crystals

    • February 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm
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      Thanks Bev for checking Angela’s Homemade out. I will be checking you out too!

      Angela

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    • February 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm
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      Hi Robin! Thanks for hosting another great link party!

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  • May 15, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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    Thanks for the Epsom Salt and essential oils recipe for softener! I am slowly switching all of my homemade cleaners out with essential oils and they work lovely. Excited to do the same with softener! If you are interested in knowing more about therapeutic grade essential oils visit my facebook page, Angela. http://www.facebook.com/ASplashofOil. I am going to share your recipe there! Thank you!!! Heather

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